We Sing We Dance We Steal Things

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All Music Guide - Stephen Thomas Erlewine
Obsessed with carnality as he is, it was only a matter of time before Jason Mraz realized that it's better to sound sexy than to blather about it incessantly. This monumental moment arrives on his third album, We Sing, We Dance, We Steal Things, easily his sleekest collection of sounds and his only album to contain a suggestion of seduction within its grooves. Actually, We Sing is Mraz's only album to actually groove, as he sets down his acoustic guitar for much of the album and rides along on smooth rhythms partially indebted to '80s blue-eyed soul by Hall & Oates and Steve Winwood -- in that sense, the album recalls John Mayer's Continuum -- but he relies ...
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Editorial Reviews

All Music Guide - Stephen Thomas Erlewine
Obsessed with carnality as he is, it was only a matter of time before Jason Mraz realized that it's better to sound sexy than to blather about it incessantly. This monumental moment arrives on his third album, We Sing, We Dance, We Steal Things, easily his sleekest collection of sounds and his only album to contain a suggestion of seduction within its grooves. Actually, We Sing is Mraz's only album to actually groove, as he sets down his acoustic guitar for much of the album and rides along on smooth rhythms partially indebted to '80s blue-eyed soul by Hall & Oates and Steve Winwood -- in that sense, the album recalls John Mayer's Continuum -- but he relies more heavily on Thriller, mixing it up with some modern neo-soul that gives this a surprisingly soulful sound. Mraz can glide on these surfaces, leaning on the gentle art of insinuation instead of goosing his paramour, but old habits die hard: it's only a matter of time before he punctures the seduction by scatting sophomorically, slipping in juvenile come-ons ("You make my slacks tight"), or stuttering manic syncopations on "The Dynamo of Volition." Mraz is also prone to terminal cuteness, drafting in a kids chorus to close out the coda of "Coyotes" and mewling out phrases like "always a goody doer," and while these are often so close-miked and forthright they're hard to ignore, they're also just not as prevalent as they were on the icky Mr. A-Z. Also, they're cleverly camouflaged beneath that gossamer gloss, typified by the quite catchy "Butterfly," whose Quincy Jones-styled horns disguise his mildly queasy oral sex puns. Mraz's lyrics don't stand up to such close scrutiny -- something the McCartney-esque, perhaps autobiographical divorce ballad "Love for a Child" ("Was it my mom who put dad out on his ass/Or the other way around") makes plain -- but the nice thing about the soulful shimmer of We Sing is that it's so slick that it's easy to ignore the gibberish spilling out of Mraz's mouth and just enjoy the sunny, easy sound.
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Product Details

  • Release Date: 5/13/2008
  • Label: Atlantic
  • UPC: 075678994753
  • Catalog Number: 448508
  • Sales rank: 3,044

Tracks

Disc 1
  1. 1 Make It Mine (3:08)
  2. 2 I'm Yours (4:02)
  3. 3 Lucky (3:09)
  4. 4 Butterfly (5:00)
  5. 5 Live High (4:12)
  6. 6 Love for a Child (4:05)
  7. 7 Details in the Fabric - James Morrison (5:45)
  8. 8 Coyotes (3:38)
  9. 9 Only Human (4:02)
  10. 10 The Dynamo of Volition (3:36)
  11. 11 If It Kills Me (4:33)
  12. 12 A Beautiful Mess (8:09)
  13. 13 [CD-Rom Track]
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Album Credits

Performance Credits
Jason Mraz Primary Artist, Guitar, Vocals, Horn Engineer
Keith Nichols Cello
David Angell Violin
John Catchings Cello
David Davidson Violin
Kristin Wilkinson Viola
Jon Hall Choir, Chorus
Carlos Sosa Flute, Baritone Saxophone, Tenor Saxophone, Track Performer
Tanya Murphy Choir, Chorus
David Angel Violin
Martin Terefe Bass, Guitar, Piano, Choir, Chorus
Sacha Skarbek Piano
Fernie "Maddog" Castillo Trumpet, Flugelhorn, Track Performer
Benjamin Adamson Trumpet
Savanna Electra Sparkes Choir, Chorus
Karl Brazil Drums
Pete Ibsen Choir, Chorus
Colbie Caillat Vocals
Kristoffer Sonne Drums
Kieran McGuinness Choir, Chorus
Luke Potashnick Guitar
Lauren DeRose Background Vocals
MC Flow Background Vocals
Voices of Prayze Choir, Chorus
Julia Cailleteau Choir, Chorus
Connie Corn Choir, Chorus
Teymor Gray Choir, Chorus
Xoreal Harrison Choir, Chorus
Tricia Huffman Background Vocals
Justin Kirk Trombone
Rebecca Lacey Choir, Chorus
Aaron Leibowitz Saxophone
Sofia Loopuit Choir, Chorus
Millet Oliver Choir, Chorus
Rita Ora Choir, Chorus
Thomas Picard Choir, Chorus
Zatac Sylwia Choir, Chorus
Noah Terefe Choir, Chorus
Tia Terefe Choir, Chorus
Tanya Tolver Choir, Chorus
Chirell Warren Choir, Chorus
Kiera Zekra Choir, Chorus
Technical Credits
David Davidson String Arrangements
Chris Gehringer Mastering
Dan Wilson Composer
Bill Silva Management
Martin Terefe Composer, Producer
Sacha Skarbek Composer
Jason Mraz Composer, Engineer, Vocal Engineer
Andreas Olsson Programming
Dyre Gormsen Engineer
Greg Gigendad Burke Art Direction
David Shrigley Illustrations
Colbie Caillat Composer
Iain Hill Engineer
Becky Gebhardt Composer
Mona Tavakoli Composer
Timothy Fagan Composer
Chaskh Potter Composer
Mai Bloomfield Composer
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Customer Reviews

Average Rating 4.5
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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 1, 2010

    Great CD

    I love listening to this CD, it makes me happy.

    2 out of 2 people found this review helpful.

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  • Posted October 1, 2010

    more from this reviewer

    Love it!

    I love Jason Mraz and this album is just another example of why I love him. His music always puts me in a good mood. I'm Yours is my favorite song of the album, but all of them are very good and I would recommend it to everyone.

    1 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 1, 2010

    Loved it!

    I loved this album!!! Jason Mraz mixes his music just perfectly and it totally reminds me of summer. Love it!

    1 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 1, 2010

    Great CD - cover doesn't help it

    First off - I love this CD! I have played it countless times since I picked it up the day it was released. I first heard Jason in a Barnes & Noble store in Chicago. They were playing "Mr A-Z"over the sound system and I picked that one up. That quickly became a favorite of mine. And now he has come out with a CD that furthers his talents. And, for me, the biggest drawback is the cover. As a loyal music buyer (I still love to have that plastic disc in my hands) I am attracted by the cover. This one looks juvenile and doesn't help to sell the brilliant music that is enclosed. So if you are considering this CD - go for it. Don't let that cover throw you!

    1 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 1, 2010

    Better every time!!

    Jason Mraz continues to improve with each release and this is no exception. The CD incorporates as much feeling as his live performances and his talent shines with each song and variation in style. Enjoyed this thoroughly!

    1 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 1, 2010

    A Return to Brilliance

    Jason Mraz and John Mayer are perhaps the most talented new musicians of the decade. Their songwriting, instrumental proficiency, and lyrical skills stand high above their peers. Unfortunately for Mraz, his second album "Mr. A-Z" was too eclectic and self-congratulating to be enjoyable. His third studio album however, easily stands up to and usually surpasses his successful debut album. The album also includes some great duets with other young promising musicians, including James Morrison.

    1 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

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  • Posted October 1, 2010

    Beautiful lyrics that are both relaxing and emotional...

    The song on the commercial made me buy this album, but the album itself has now made me a liftime fan of Jason Mraz. All of the songs are great and there are a few that could be chart toppers. The lyrics are soulful and throughtful and the rhythms bring out the emotional nature of the songs. Now I need to buy the rest of Jason's music.

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  • Posted October 1, 2010

    Jason Mraz

    Excellent listening! Lots of fun! Makes ya smile! And makes you want to sing along! I love listening to my grandson who is 11 , sing his heart out along with Jason.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 1, 2010

    I love Jason Maraz's music!

    Jason Maraz's music is the best for listening to on long trips. He is really a new sound that I really enjoy!

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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 1, 2010

    One of the BEST cd's i ever bought!

    LOVE IT, LOVE IT, LOVE IT, LOVE IT, LOVE IT, LOVE IT, LOVE IT.

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  • Posted October 1, 2010

    Great CD!

    You will love this CD. It has something for everyone. Jason Mraz's lyrics & music are great. I bought a second CD to give as a gift.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 1, 2010

    Great CD!

    Loved it! Jason Mraz is extremely talented and I think people of all ages would enjoy his music.

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  • Posted October 1, 2010

    I Also Recommend:

    Cool Sound

    Jason has a cool sound that's all his own. Can't wait to see this summer at Jones beach.

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  • Posted October 1, 2010

    A new artist for me.

    I really am enjoying this CD. I heard Jason first on Saturday Night Live.
    I went to Barnes and Noble and listened to the sampling of tracks from the
    CD. Once I got it home and heard the whole CD, I was glad that I purchased it. It is a different type of music then I usually listen to and that is what amazed me so much. When I listen to music, it is not always the words that I am interested in but the band playing the tunes.
    I will say, I have enjoyed the words and the tunes behind the words. Sometimes, he sounds jazzy and sometimes just fun. I am glad I have discovered Jason Mraz and hope his next CD is as good.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 1, 2010

    One of the best albums of the year !

    Jason Mraz has captured the spirit of a true trubador in this CD. His music is easy listening with great lyrics and with a contemporary sound. There is not one song on the album I would not consider buying as a single. Truly and enjoyable listening experience!

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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 1, 2010

    This Album Freaking ROCKS!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

    Do not miss this album. If you like Jason you will LOVE it! If you have never heard Jason....What the Heck are you thinking....BUY THIS ALBUM!!! HE is by far the most talented Musician in the industry right now!

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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 1, 2010

    Can't wait!

    This guy is amazing! I hope you enjoy his new CD. I am looking forward to hearing it!

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